Vintage Aerobatic Contest: Cancelled!
After a long day yesterday on the phone, emailing, messaging and talking with many people involved in helping us with our plan to host the US Vintage Aerobatic Championship, I have decided to cancel the event.
To give you a reason as to why, it is the problem of obtaining the necessary waiver for an aerobatic box from the FAA.
For a bit of background, said waiver application (FAA Form 7711-2) was sent to the DSM FSDO in March, a week or so ahead of the 90 day requirement per FAA Order 8900.1. It was confirmed as being received.
The next communication I received was a phone call last week in which I was informed since we had advertised the event on social media (our website and Antique Airfield facebook page), that was interpreted as inviting the general public to the event, and I would be required change the application to one for an airshow waiver I later that day spoke with the DSM FSDO Manager, and reached what I thought was an agreement to continue with the contest waiver application.
Then on Tuesday of this week I received an email from yet a third FAA Inspector now handling the application. In subsequent emails with him yesterday I was asked to once again provide pretty much the exact same information as already provided, plus more.
All this leads me to believe the DSM FSDO will not approve a waiver for an aerobatic competition, but will insist on an airshow waiver, requiring among other things that we hire an approved Air Boss.
As we are 29 days from the planned start of the contest, I have no confidence that even if I comply with an airshow waiver application it will be approved, plus the fact that we have to bind and pay for insurance coverage very soon, and likely an Air Boss as well, I think it prudent I cancel the event.
To go along with that is the need to notify our vendors (fuel, food etc.), our emergency and security service providers, plus our volunteers so they do not have an outlay of funds etc., that they would take a loss on if we wait any longer before making this decision, and that goes for those planning to attend and compete as well.
I do sincerely apologize to all that encouraged, helped with, and had planned to attend/compete for having to cancel the event.
The Sat night banquet will be a custom BBQ by one of our good members and great volunteers, Josh Trail. We’re still working on the awards, but they will be in the “spirit” of what is done at the European Vintage Championships if possible, plus our NE AAA chapter will run the Pilots Pub on Fri & Sat evenings.
We have also thought about showing a movie on Fri night if we can find a copy of “Cloud Dancer” ??
Son Ben has been in touch with Aaron McCartan, who’s offered to put the sequences in Aresti form, and we should have those in the next couple of days.
So if the FAA comes through with approval on the box (they’ve had the paperwork for almost a month now) I guess we can move on to preparing for the actual contest part.
Update!! U.S. Vintage Aerobatic Championship at Antique Airfield June 25th & 26th, 2021
We have been hard at work in the planning and preparations for the US Vintage Aerobatic Championships, sponsored by the Antique Airplane Association (AAA) and the Air Power Museum (APM) here at Antique Airfield (IA27) near Blakesburg, IA on June 25th & 26th, 2021.
Much of the preliminary planning is done including the following……
1. Insurance, we have assurance of coverage, and a cost estimate for the same from our carrier.
2. Our emergency services are lined up, and we await their SOG, to finish the FAA application for the aerobatic box.
3. The Aerobatic Box location (see photo) will be to the N of the airport helping to prevent judges & spectators alike from having to look into the sun.
4. Fuel will be available here on the field and will be provided by the crew from Classic Aviation of Pella & Oskaloosa, IA, the same great folks that provide fuel for the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in.
5. We are looking at a couple options for food/refreshments for the event, but for the Sat. night banquet, we plan a BBQ. Said BBQ will be courtesy of one of our great volunteers Josh Trail.
6. We continue developing our plans for security, parking (both auto and plane), getting discounted hotel rooms in OTM, and how to handle identifying contestants, fly-in public & general public to keep everyone where they belong!
There are a myriad of details yet to be accomplished, including registration costs, prizes and prize sponsors, plus those more mundane items which while not seen are important to the safety and enjoyment of the event.
However, one of the most important aspects for any aerobatic contest are the sequences the contestants will fly. It is impotant for the contestants to know what those sequences are to be able to practice/prepare for the competition. So following are the sequences (and please excuse that I don’t know how to write in Aresti)……
Looping the Loop (Basic)
1. 1/2 Cuban 8
3. Barrel Roll
5. 45 Down Line
7. 180 Turn
Dancing the Cloverleaf (Intermediate)
1. Loop with 1/4 Roll on Upline
3. Loop with 1/4 Roll on Downline
5. Barrel Roll
6. 1/2 Cuban 8
7. Slow Roll
8. Loop with 1/4 Roll on Downline
9. Loop with 1/4 Roll on Upline
Rolling the Circle (Advanced)
2. 1/2 Cuban 8
3. 4 Point Roll
5. Hammerhead with 1/4 Roll Up & 1/4 Roll Down
6. Cuban 8
7. 180 Rolling Turn
8. Three Linked Rolls (slow, snap, barrel, or combination of)
9. Inverted turn with roll
Finally, if you plan on attending/competing, please send a photo of your aircraft, where you will be attending from, and what category you plan to fly, to AntiqueAirfield@sirisonline.com. It helps with our planning and will be posted on our website at; https://antiqueairfieldia27.com/.
Start practicing and see you in June !